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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Nottinghamshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Staying cloudy into tonight

It’ll be cloudy for much of this afternoon with occasional showers and some brighter spells.

Weather
BBC

The cloudy conditions will continue throughout the night with occasional clearer spells and isolated showers. 

Lows of 6C (43F).

Girl, 4, wants to tackle a different mountain next

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Isla Allen raised money for Winston's Wish because she wanted to help bereaved children who had lost members of their family.

Her mum said it was very difficult and she was "very proud" of Isla.

The toddler hasn't been put off from climbing though, she says she wants to climb a different mountain next.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your final headlines for today:

  • Plans to expand Fernwood Primary School in Wollaton have been approved which would see its pupil numbers rise to 1,050, making it one of the biggest primary schools in England
  • Abbey Bridge, Lenton has reopened after it was closed for most of the day following a fatal crash shortly before 06:00 this morning
  • Nottinghanshire's James Taylor has been forced to retire early because of a serious heart condition

Travel: Accident on Alfreton Road blocking one lane

Scores level between Notts and Surrey

BBC Nottingham Sport

Surrey have wiped out the deficit, at 221-3 with Harinath on 76 and Roy on 33. 

Scores are level.  

Toddler climbs Mount Snowdon

She's only four and she's already achieved something huge.

Isla Allen from Nottinghamshire has climbed Mount Snowdon to raise money for a charity which supports bereaved children.

Isla Allen
Allen family

Russian medals being handed to British veterans

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is Derek Tilley, aged 19 in 1944 when he was a target ranger on the destroyer, HMS Scourge.

He said: “I remember having to regularly chip the ice away from the superstructure of the boat and how it seemed to be cold and dark constantly."

Derek Tilley
Tilley family

So far more than 3,300 Ushakov Medals have been issued and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London has embarked on a campaign to present them to British veterans across the country.

Veteran gets prestigious Russian medal

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mansfield veteran Derek Tilley has been presented with a Russian military honour from President Vladimir Putin.

The 90 year old had been part of the Arctic Convoys during World War Two - who were responsible for sending food to millions of Russians.

Derek Tilley
Nottinghamshire County Council

In 2014 the Russian president announced thousands of British veterans should also be given the Ushakov Medal, which is awarded to Russian sailors and soldiers for their bravery.

Lansbury happier in advanced Reds role

BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury says he was not played in his best position by former manager Dougie Freedman.

The midfielder impressed when being used in a more advanced role by new boss Paul Williams in last night's defeat against Brighton. 

Henri Lansbury
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Henri Lansbury

Lansbury happier in advanced Reds role

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury says he was not played in his best position by former manager Dougie Freedman.

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Abbey Bridge reopens

Abbey Bridge in Lenton has reopened. 

The road had been closed since 06:00 this morning after a crash in which one man died.

Abbey Bridge
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School expansion to meet city demand for places

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Labour councillor for Wollaton and Lenton Abbey, Sam Webster, said there was a rising demand for schools places in Nottingham so schools needed to create new places by expanding.

Councillor Sam Webster
BBC

"There's no getting away from the fact that Fernwood is a big school and will be an even bigger school," he said.

"But we are pleased the team at the school support the expansion and they believe they can continue to deliver an outstanding education."

Councillor welcomes expansion of Wollaton primary school

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Labour councillor, Sam Webster, is responsible for schools at the city council and has welcomed the discussion to expand Fernwood Primary School.

He said: "The options are pretty limited in a place like Wollaton. There's aren't too many sites available for building new schools and there isn't a near term solution for a new school."

Can Notts make it a win double?

Mark Cooper
BBC

Notts County face Hartlepool in League Two at Meadow Lane tonight, looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since September last year.

The Magpies beat Stevenage on Saturday - their first victory under new manager Mark Cooper - his fourth game in charge.

Woman designs sensory garden to help with illness

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A woman who designed a sensory garden in Wollaton Park says they can be used to help people with disabilities and memory problems.

Sue Crosby used a similar garden for her recovery when she suffered serious head injuries in a car crash 20 years ago.

Wollaton Park sensory garden
BBC

Now a couple from Clifton, who were inspired by this garden, are trying to create one in their own garden for their disabled daughter.

Man jailed after swindling cash from elderly

A man who preyed on elderly residents in Sherwood, Forest Fields and Whitemoor has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Arfan Chaudry
Nottinghamshire Police

Arfan Chaudry, 43, of Rosegarth Walk, Bulwell, pretended to be locked out of his home and would ask to use a phone or borrow money, but never returned with the cash.

Taylor 'had the world at his feet'

BBC Nottingham Sport

Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney has been talking to the BBC about the shock of his team-mate (and former house mate's) retirement.

"He had the world at his feet...and unfortunately it's been taken away from him," he said.

Steven Mullaney
BBC

Head to Facebook to watch the full interview.  

New lamb is a whopper

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

White Post Farm had a new addition last night - and she's pretty big!

This lamb weighs 19.5lbs when normally newborns weigh between 5 - 10lbs. Well done mum!

Farmer Simon and the sheep
White Post Farm

CCTV images released after city centre attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police investigating a serious assault in Nottingham city centre are trying to trace these two men.

CCTV images released after assault
Nottinghamshire Police

The attack happened on 11 March on Clumber Street although police have only just released the images.

A 43-year-old man was punched and kicked in the head and needed hospital treatment for serious facial injuries.

Campaign to stop school expansion fails

BBC Radio Nottingham

Attempts to stop a Nottingham primary school becoming one of the biggest in the country have failed.

Labour councillors want to increase the number of pupils at Fernwood Primary in Arleston Drive, Wollaton from 840 to more than 1,000 - to meet growing demand. 

Fernwood Primary School
Google

But the expansion will go ahead now despite Conservative members saying it would lead to parking problems.   

Fabrice Muamba tweets support to James Taylor

One car involved in fatal Lenton crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Abbey Bridge in Lenton remains shut this afternoon after a crash in which one man died this morning.

Police said only one car was involved in the collision, which happened shortly before 06:00.

Abbey Bridge
BBC

No other details have been released by police at this stage.

Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Decision to expand primary school upheld

Peter Saull

BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

I'm at a city council meeting where a panel has upheld a decision to expand Fernwood Primary in Wollaton to 1,050 pupils, making it one of the largest in England.

Taylor shares picture from hospital bed

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Despite the sad news, James Taylor looks in good spirits at City Hospital.

He has posted this on Instagram this morning with the hashtag #whenlifegivesyoulemons

James Taylor
James Taylor / Instagram

Team mate Stuart Broad reacts to Taylor news

Reaction to Taylor's retirement

BBC Sport

Nottinghamshire director of cricket and England selector Mick Newell on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"He's a lovely kid. We've enjoyed his company here - and we will continue to enjoy his company.

"I think he's one of the most influential one-day batsmen in the county game. It's a terrible loss to the county game and a terrible loss for a good kid who works hard, has made the most of every ounce of his talent and it's just a shame it won't be there anymore."

Mick Newell
PA

Cricket stars express shock at Taylor retirement

Family raising awareness of sport brain injuries

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jeff Astle from Eastwood died aged 59 in 2002, when his degenerative brain disease caused him to choke on some food.

He had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, but a doctor who later examined his preserved brain, said he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - a condition normally linked to boxers.

Jeff Astle
Getty Images

Jeff's family started the Justice for Jeff campaign two years ago to raise awareness of brain injuries in sport and make players aware of the dangers of heading footballs.

Taylor's career forced to end

BBC Nottingham Sport

James Taylor had 34 England caps and 139 First Class appearances.

His career ended far too soon.

James Taylor
BBC

Taylor had missed pre-season game 'feeling unwell'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Taylor missed Nottinghamshire's pre-season fixture against Cambridge MCCU last Wednesday with what was originally thought to be a viral condition.

Doctors then referred him to hospital and he had tests yesterday.

'250 more' footballers with brain disease

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The family of Notts County footballer Jeff Astle - who died from brain trauma caused by heading footballs - say they know of 250 more players who have suffered from degenerative brain disease.

The victorious England team at the 1966 World Cup
Getty Images

Jeff's daughter, Dawn Astle, set up a Justice for Jeff campaign in 2014.

She said she was not surprised three members of England's 1966 World Cup squad now have Alzheimer's.

The victorious England team at the 1966 World Cup

'250 more' footballers with brain disease

The family of footballer Jeff Astle - who died from brain trauma caused by heading footballs - say they know of 250 more players who have suffered from degenerative brain disease.

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'Toughest week of my life' says Taylor

James Taylor has tweeted this morning that his "world is upside down" but he is "battling on".

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Latest headlines for Nottinghamshire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Taylor retirement: Strauss 'shocked and saddended'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

England director, Andrew Strauss, has spoken about his "shock and sadness" at Taylor's retirement

"Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability," said Strauss.

James Taylor
PA

Strauss added: "It is immensely cruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena."  

Taylor retirement: Newell 'in shock'

BBC Nottingham Sport

Taylor's diagnosis is similar to that of footballer Fabrice Muamba and he requires an operation which will take place in the coming days.

Director of cricket at Nottinghamshire, Mick Newell, said: "Myself and all of James’ teammates and colleagues are terribly sad to hear this news, which comes as a big shock to us all.”  

He described Taylor as a "model professional" and the "most hard working" he'd known.

Italian media to cover Nottinghamshire woman's story

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ray Martin says his daughter's death is still a mystery to them.

He says they have now got an Italian media company interested in their story and are hoping things will start moving forward.

Pat and Ray Martin
BBC

"Closure is what we are looking for," he said. 

"We have been promised so many things and none of them have come to fruition...Hopefully we are now moving along."

BreakingTaylor forced to retire due to heart condition

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire due to a serious heart condition.

James Taylor
Getty Images

The 26-year-old had scans yesterday and it revealed a condition called ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia)

Cricket: Nottinghamshire on top on day three

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Nottinghamshire are well on top in their first County Championship match of the season against Surrey.

Chasing 446 from Notts, Surrey were dismissed for 225 yesterday with new signing Jackson Bird taking four wickets for 56. 

Jackson Bird
Getty Images

Notts enforced the follow on and Surrey will resume day three on 14 without loss this morning - still 207 runs behind.

You can follow the commentary here when play starts at 11:00 (weather permitting)